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Yuma Youth Town Hall to discuss pre K-12 education funding

The fall Yuma Youth Town Hall will bring together students and exhibitors from around Yuma County to discuss pre K-12 education funding at Arizona Western College’s Schoening Conference Center on Friday, October 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More than 100 students from Yuma Union High School District are expected to attend.

“The beauty of Yuma Youth Town Hall is the fact that everyone gets true value in the event,” YUHSD Interim Superintendent Gina Thompson said. “Students have the opportunity to communicate and listen at high levels of interaction. Our community members and business partners have the opportunity to see the talent and potential of students first-hand.  Yuma students are contributing to our county at levels that often is not understood or known and there are opportunities in our own county of which students are unaware. YYTH is a win-win day.” 

The Town Hall is a collaborative event between AWC, YUHSD, and Southwest Arizona Town Hall. According to AWC’s website, the purpose of the forum is to create a culture of unity in diversity and moderating skills, which are essential in learning how to work with varying ideas. Yuma Youth Town Hall provides an opportunity for the up-and-coming generations to practice this skill during discussion about relevant topics occurring in society.

Students will also have an opportunity to talk with exhibitors about careers, internships, and job shadowing opportunities they currently have for students.  

“This Yuma Youth Town Hall gives high school students a voice to the community on their opinions about topics that directly affect them,” said Dr. Linda Elliott-Nelson, Vice President for Learning Services at Arizona Western College.  

Eric Patten